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Enabling people with disabilities to vote from home and without assistance
In partnership with Amazon and Microsoft, Democracy Live developed OmniBallot, an accessible online voting system available via computer, tablet, or smartphone, thus enabling people with disabilities to vote independent of support. Since its launch in 2015, over one million voters have used the system.
Democracylive, OmniBallot, United States of America
Peer counselling as an approved profession
With the help of the regional Independent Living Centre, Upper Austria introduced peer counselling as a social profession in 2008, and it remains the only region to do so worldwide. Since 2009 more than 70 professionals have been certified. In 2014, 76 peer counsellors offered up to 1,320 hours of service per week.
Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, AMENDMENT OF THE SOCIAL PROFESSIONS ACT, Austria
Personal Ombudsmen in Sweden
In Sweden a nationwide system of Personal Ombudsmen provides support in decision-making for persons with severe mental or psychosocial disabilities. POs assist individuals, identify care needs, but they have no medical responsibility, nor do they make any decisions in the capacity of an authority.
Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, ESTABLISHING A NATIONWIDE SYSTEM OF PERSONAL OMBUDSMEN, Sweden
Returning children to their families and an inclusive environment
Based on an inclusive policy and the programme, children with disabilities were allowed to leave residential care and return to their communities while receiving education in a mainstream school. Between 2007 and 2013 the number of children in institutions could be reduced from more than 11,500 to less than 4,000.
Lumos Foundation Moldova, Moldova
A Biographical Graphic Novel Promoting Deinstitutionalization
The story of Eli is inspiring greater independence for people with intellectual disabilities
Published in 2017, Becoming Eli is the work of Dan Ungureanu and the first graphic novel to address institutional abuse suffered by children and adults, the majority with disabilities. Based on a true story of a young girl left in state care the book wants to show that with the right support deinstitutionalization is possible.
Ceva de Spus Association, Gravis Novel Becoming Eli, Romania
A web-based platform allowing people with disabilities to vote remotely and on their own
Scytl developed the iVote Core Voting System for New South Wales, Australia. By using a web-based platform or via a phone using the keypad blind voters and people with disabilities to vote online. Around 286,000 voters used the system in 2015, and it has been replicated in Western Australia as of 2017.
Scytl, iVote programme, Australia
A programme that creates neurodevelopmental profiles and customized education
The service operates on a monthly subscription basis. Users connect with their assigned child psychologist through video and email to create development goals and individualized education plans. Supporting resources are sent to the client's home. More than 400 families used the service in its first year.
Mom's Belief, India
Enabling People with Disabilities to stay in Their Homes and Communities
"Home and Vehicle Modification Program" is designed to modify homes and vehicles to to allow people with disabilities to remain in their own homes and communities. The programme is fully funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and implements around 650 modifications each year.
March of Dimes Canada, Home and Vehicle Modification Program, Canada
Reviewing and Planning Individual Supported Living Arrangements
Based on two research phases, the Curtin University in 2017 produced a manual for individual supported living. The manual outlines critical themes and defines attributes to determine the quality of ISL arrangements. These can be scored against specific indicators with an accompanying review scoring booklet.
Curtin University, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Individual Supported Living, Australia
Learn, try, and test assistive technology
"Tech Able" lets visitors experience assistive technologies and encourages innovators, manufacturers, and marketers to collaborate. Tech Able also houses a communications lab for persons with disabilities. More than 800 people have benefitted from Tech Able between 2015 and 2018.
SG Enable, "Tech Able“ Showroom, Singapore